Regular visits to hygienist are essential to your dental health and will also help with identifying potential problems.
If hygienist notices the appearance of a new cavity you will be referred to the dentist right away!
With simple and easy, but regular procedures you might eliminate potential dental problems in future:
- Gum disease & tooth loss
- Reduce tooth decay
- Enamel sensitivity
Your hygienist will go over with you in detail about regular oral care routines that, if followed, will reduce and eliminate most of the teeth and gum problems. Hygienist will help you select the toothpaste that will work best for your teeth, and will instruct you on the basic flossing procedures. You will also learn how to minimize plaque buildup and reducing the chances of developing gingivitis.
Your diet considerably affects your teeth health, frequent consumption of food and drinks with high content or sugar and acidity (which unfortunately dominate the modern diet) can lead to major oral care problems.
Looking after your dental health will help to reduce the presence of disease causing bacteria and help to preserve your teeth in much better condition eliminating potential problems in future and reducing the frequency of visits to the dentist.
The routine visit to the hygienist offers:
- Detection of inflammation plaque buildup and bleeding
- Teeth polished, cleaned and descaled
- Detection of potential cavities
- Detailed personal plan for oral care
Regular visits to the hygienist will result in healthier smile, fresher breath and will definitely boost your confidence.
Scaling along with root planing is an important procedure performed by hygienist helping to prevent periodontal disease (infection of the bone, ligament and gum tissue surrounding the teeth). It consists of removing of plaque from the base of the tooth. It may be performed by using either ultrasonic instruments or manual scaling tools.
Unlike acute teeth problems, gum disease can be painless. While you might not even notice it – your hygienist will be certain to spot the symptoms and link them to the cause:
- Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath and unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Teeth mobility
Polishing is always the final step at your hygienist appointment. It is the final finishing touch, that help your teeth feel and look clean, and gives you that refreshing feeling.
But it definitely does more than that for your dental health. Polishing smoothens over the surface of the teeth and while eliminates discoloration and staining, also eliminates irregularities in enamel surface, which creates pockets for bacteria to cling on.
It is also becomes essential when a patient has a genetic predisposition to caries, and regular toothpaste use is not sufficient to prevent the problem.
Scaling for implant maintenance
If you do have implants, then regular care and maintenance will require special attention. The hygienist will go over the routine procedures with you that will help you keep your implants healthy and prevent inflammation.
In addition to routine probing, implant care by the hygienist also includes thorough removal of biofilm (or plaque). Scaling is indicated in rare cases of calculus formation.
Hygiene and prevention
Taking care of your teeth seems to be easy: brush your teeth daily, floss, and see your hygienist and dentist for regular checkups. Unfortunately often people neglect this.
- Brush & floss your teeth after every meal to prevent plaque build up
- See your dentist and hygienist every 6 months or more often. Do not wait till it is too late!